Christmas Event Cache

It’s coming up Thursday. They are doing a secret Santa gift thing. I am taking a crazy quilt wall hanging I made to sell. I will let you know what we got  and hopefully some photos as well. Are you going to one?

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Holiday Crafts Sale draws shoppers to Portland area

By Melissa Gagliardi
mgagliardi@courier-journal.com
The Courier-Journal

Parks said the items were perfect for geocaching because they are unique, and they represent Louisville. While this was her first year shopping at the crafts sale, she said she plans to return next year.

“It’s awesome,” she said. Read the full story HERE.

Geocaching responsible for Mystery Books?

As a pilot I’ve long used a GPS to navigate in the air. Often when tootling along at 4,500 feet, I’d contemplate what else could be done with such a keen device besides pinpointing one’s exact location on Earth. When I heard about geocaching — using a GPS to find treasures hidden by other geocachers — I thought it was a wonderful reason to take a long walk in the woods.I played the game myself a few times, and when after hours of sweaty searching, plagued by mosquitoes and blackflies, I found a Tupperware bowl full of trinkets cleverly hidden under a log, I had a “Eureka!” thought: What if this were a human corpse?

Read about the whole story of the mystery author HERE.

Caching through the snow-la la la la la la

Well almost! Bruce and I spent the day yesterday driving to Yakima and back. On the way there, we did a little caching. We found eight in about 2 hours and one dnf. Our gps was going crazy in the area. I am sure we were close but no cigar. Lol. There are some nice caches along Hwy 82. Had to stop caching and continue our drive though because the Weather service was calling for snow to start in Yakima around 3 PM. We got there at about 1 PM, took the first exit we came to and had lunch at Denny’s.

We asked the server where to find RV parks in the area. As she was telling us about one, an older gentleman came up and gave us directions to another. We checked them both out but really liked one of them. It has an indoor heated pool and two spas. We also drove by the Army training center. That is why we were there checking into parks and looking over the area. Bruce may be going to work there.

It was getting late and still no sign of snow. We figured we had pushed our luck far enough so we headed for home. On the way I took the pictues below of the Flamingos and Tea Pot real quick with my cell phone. The third one is How we roll! As we were getting to Umatilla it did start raining. It continued the rest of the way home.

Got up this morning to about a half an inch of snow!! I guess it followed us home. :} I like it as long as we don’t get too much.

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Local Event Cache

Last night we went to our 2nd event cache and what fun. We met some more local crazy obsessed people. lol We heard some great caching stories and learned some new tricks of the trade. The club dedicated a cache to a local person who is very involved in the caching community. She was very surprised. Bruce and I both had a blast. He loves to sit back and take in the sights and hear the noise volume go up when everyone starts arriving. We also got to discover tons of TB.s and Geocoins! See our PROFILE on Geocaching.

We even passed on the pizza and soda. Instead had a small  sub on the way home.  

Geocoins

Had a nice surprise when we went to get the mail tonight. 6 geocoins were there! Mostly state coins. I have started to collect those. Do you collect coins?

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What’s In Your Hiking Pack?

Every time I leave the pavement, I take along my trusty hiking pack – even if I have no intention of hiking. Doing this has become a habit rather than a conscious decision. My pack goes with me when a hike, camp, hunt, fish, bird watch and even when I drive out of town. I’ve been a boy scout and a United States Marine so I suppose I have learned to be prepared for almost anything. My pack is full of items I hope I will never need.

What’s in Your Hiking Pack? As an outdoor enthusiast, you have complete control over what you carry or what stays in the car – such as a cell phone, do you carry one? I wouldn’t dare go in the backcountry without all of the items listed below as “Highly Recommend.” What’s in My Hiking Pack? Here is my list split into two categories with the weight of each item in ounces:

Highly Recommend: Cell Phone (5 ounces), First-Aid Kit (9), Flashlight (4), Food – Beef Jerky (4), Insect Repellent (3), Map & Compass (4), Multi-Tool (9), Pack (24), Signal Mirror (1), Spare Vehicle Key (1), Sunglasses & Sunscreen (2), Water, Waterproof matches (1), Waterproof windbreaker (24), Whistle (1). Total weight: 5 pounds 12 ounces, not including water.

Nice to Have: Bandana (1), Binoculars (12), Cash & ID (1), Disposable Camera (4), Emergency Blanket (1), Extra Batteries (4), GPS Unit (10), Hand warmers (1), Hunting knife (8), Lighter (1), Lip Balm (1), Mini-Umbrella (10), Paper & Pen (1), Rangefinder (8), Road Flare (4), 12 feet of rope (2), Saw (7), Toilet Paper (1), Two-Way Radio (7), Work Gloves (2). Total weight: 5 pounds 2 ounces.

The total weight of my hiking pack not counting water, is 10 pounds 14 ounces. My pack has a shoulder harness system that takes the weight off of my lower back and distributes it evenly across my shoulders and upper back. I hardly notice my pack when I’m wearing it. One last point, if you carry something – make sure you know how to use it.

We’ve all heard quotes about being prepared, such as “Chance favors the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur and “The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.” – Joe Paterno and “Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.” – Euripides. I suggest carrying a well thought out pack is a good habit and a good outdoor life-skill. One day it may save a family member, an outdoor companion or even you.

Plan ahead before you venture into our backcountry, even if you plan to be gone only an hour or two. It makes good sense. With just this small amount of planning you’ll get the most out of your backcountry experiences. Use this information and you’ll Get It Right The First Time. Get Outdoors! About The Author
Chuck Fitzgerald is the President of Arizona based BackCountry Toys, an online store providing backcountry specialty gear and educational information for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit www.BackCountryToys.com to receive the free newsletter “FreshAir” or call (800) 316-9055.
chuck@backcountrytoys.com